1996

Anita Metzger, Barbara Steinberg, Captain Michelle Polk, Daisy Ward, Dorothea Meltzer, Dr. Vera King Farris, Ethel Noyes, Evelynn Caterson, Esq., Florence Valore Miller, Grace Scull, Esq., Jane Stark, Joanna LaSane, Margaret “Maggie” Hiawatha, Mary E. Donalson Haynie, Rebecca Estelle, Bourgois Winston
Redenia Gilliam-Mosee, Rita Mack, Rosalie Velazquez

Anita C. Metzger - posthumous - Education/Contemporary Achiever

Anita Metzger was the founder of the Initial Teaching Alphabet School of Anita Metzger which opened in Ventnor in 1963. A dramatic reader by profession, she opened the school to teach diction and corrective speech to children. Who’s Who in American Women Dictionary of International Biography and Woman of Achievement (from Business and Professional Women) are some of the many honors she’s received.

Dr. Barbara Steinberg - Medicine/Contemporary Achiever

Barbara J. Steinberg is engaged in the general practice of dentistry, specializing in the treatment of medically compromised patients. She is a nationally and internationally invited speaker in the area of dental treatment of the medically compromised and has authored numerous articles and contributed to major textbooks on the same subject.

Dorothea Meltzer - Volunteerism/Contemporary Achiever

Dorothea’s community involvement has been a way of life for her. She has served in many capacities such as Chairman of the Atlantic City Special Improvement District and the AtlantiCare Health System. She is co-chairman of the Ruth Newman Shapiro Show House at the Shore and the Women’s Forum of the annual ShopRite LPGA Classic Golf Tournament.

Dr. Vera King Farris - Education/Contemporary Achiever

Vera King Farris – has served as president of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since 1983 and was the first woman of an Atlantic County college or university. She currently serves on the Governor’s New Jersey-Israel Commission the Board of Overseers, the Governor’s School of New Jersey at the Governor’s Award Academy and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission of New Jersey. – Deceased

Ethel Noyes-posthumous - Arts & Entertainment/Pioneer

In addition to her untiring devotion to the development of the Historic Towne of Smithville, Ethel Noyes has served as Vice President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association, Chairman of the Atlantic County Cultural and Heritage Commission, member of New Jersey Historic Trust, the Board of Governors of the Atlantic City Medical Center and more! The Noyes Museum, situated in Galloway Township, was not finalized until after her death, combines Mrs. Noyes cultural and historic interests and is designed to be representative of the personalities of Ethel and Fred Noyes.

Evelyn Caterson, Esq. - Law/Contemporary Achiever

Evelyn ‘Lynn’ Caterson was the first woman judge to be appointed in Atlantic County. She received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. She worked as an Assistant County prosecutor from 1980-86 and served in the juvenile, grand jury and major crimes units. She was appointed municipal judge in 1987 and sat on the bench in over a dozen Atlantic County municipalities. Ms. Caterson also served as the first woman to be elected City Council president of Absecon, NJ.

Florence Valore Miller - Arts & Entertainment/Contemporary Achiever

Florence Valore Miller is the director of the Atlantic City Art Center and is considered the ‘Mother’ of Atlantic County Cultural Arts. She is a charter member of the Atlantic City Art Center, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic City Fine Arts Commission and co-founder of the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Her most significant award for work in the community was the dedication of her name to the Atlantic City Art Center on May 2, 1983. – Deceased

Jane Stark - Business/Contemporary Achiever

Jane Stark is presently the General Manager for NBC40/WMGM-TV Atlantic City/Wildwood. She has served on several community organizations’ boards and has received numerous awards, including the Humanitarian Award from the Trocki Hebrew Academy of Atlantic County and Woman of the Year from Gar Greenstein Post Jewish War Veterans.

Joanna LaSane - Education/Contemporary Achiever

Ms. LaSane is the director of the Atlantic City Children’s Theater and drama consultant for the Martin Luther King, Jr. complex, the Center for Early Childhood Education and the Atlantic City Board of Education. She was the first black model to do a prime time commercial seen coast to coast and the first Atlantic County woman to model internationally. She was also the first African American woman appointed to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Margaret 'Maggie' Creswell Hiawatha - posthumous - Public Safety

Mrs. Hiawatha (1899-1978) was sworn in on June 14, 1924 as the first woman law enforcement officer in the state of New Jersey. Her responsibilities included guarding prisoners, enforcing curfews, and participating in child rescues, etc. For over 44 years she remained a positive force in the community in which she served.

Mary E. Donalson Haynie - Volunteerism-Government/Contemporary Achiever

Mrs. Haynie was the first woman at large of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. She headed the Education and Health Committee and was the first woman on the Welfare and Planning Board. Woman of Achievement in American History and Who’s Who in American Politics are some of the numerous awards she has received. – Deceased

Redenia Gilliam-Mosee - Business/Contemporary Achiever

In her key executive role as Vice Resident, Governmental relations/Planning for both affiliated locations, Bally’s Park Place and The Grand Hotel/Casino, Redenia Gilliam-Mosee serves as Bally’s corporate liaison between governmental agencies, community organizations and company management. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of Jacob’s Family Terrace, a $6 million housing enterprise sponsored by Bally’s for residents of Atlantic City. She’s in Who’s Who Among American Women and has been named ‘Business Woman of the Year’ by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. – Deceased

Rosalia Velazquez - Social Services/Contemporary Achiever

Ms. Velazquez served as Executive Director of the United Way of Atlantic County, V.P. of Campaign for the United Ways of Tri-State and Executive Assistant to the President of the United Way of the Bay Area in San Francisco, California.